Answered By: Allison Ball
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2018     Views: 123

Find sources for legal citation help on our Law subject guide.

Legal citations generally follow the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (also known as the McGill Guide) rather than standard MLA or APA format.

What should my legal citations look like?

Unless directed otherwise by your instructor, we recommend following The McGill Guide, with footnotes replaced by in-text citations following the standard APA or MLA format.

e.g. A case law citation on your References/Works Cited page might look something like this:

R. v. Jobidon (1987) 36 C.C.C. (3d) 340


And your in-text citation at the end of your sentence would look like this:

APA: (R. v. Jobidon, 1987)                 MLA: (R. v. Jobidon, 6)


Always follow your instructor's guidelines first. You'll find a variety of ways to cite legal resources online, so it's best to know what your teacher is looking for before you start.

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